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Operation: Breda.

Date: 14/15thMay 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 44 Squadron.

Type: Handley Page Hampden I.

Serial No: P4286.

Code: KM -

Location: Oosterhout (Noord-Brabant) Holland.

Pilot: F/O. Leslie James Ashfield 40198. R.A.F. Age 22. Killed.

Pilot: P/O. Charles Douglas Crawley 41380 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed.

Obs: Sgt. Wallace Francis McKinlay 581187 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Cpl. Frank Preston. 551160 R.A.F. Age 20. Killed.


Took-off from Waddington. Crashed at Oosterhout, 8km north east of Breda, Holland. Reason unknown.

Pasted Graphic 1
The shattered remains of P4286 at Oosterhout.

Pasted Graphic 2
The crew were first buried in this field grave, at the edge of the field where the Hampden crashed.
This photo shows the dignity and respect shown by the Luftwaffe to allied aircrews.

Pasted Graphic 3

Memorial on the graves at the crash site erected by the Luftwaffe.At the time of the crash the Luftwaffe were only able to identify oneof the crew, Sgt. McKinley, his name is inscribed on the cross along with 3 unknown. The memorial also includes one of the fins and rudders from P4286, along with other items of wreckage, note also the flying helmet on top of the cross. (All photo's courtesy Jan Jolie)

Burial Details:

Oosterhout Protestant Cemetery, Holland.

Flying Officer. Leslie James Ashfield. Grave 5.
Son of Frederick Henry and Stina Ashfield, of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire
Pilot Officer. Charles Douglas Crawley. Grave 3.
Son of Charles Eustace Finlay Crawley and Margaret Crawley, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia.

Sergeant. Wallace Francis McKinlay. Grave 6.
Son of Robert C. and Winnifred McKinlay, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire.

Corporal. Frank Preston. Grave 4.
Son of Frank and Annie Preston, of Denton's Green, St. Helens, Lancashire.
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